The social networking site is accused of monitoring messages and website links sent between users so they can profile what people read online.
This in turn allows the website to charge more for the information. It is thought the information has special value because people are more likely to reveal their true interests in messages that are private.
The alleged breach of privacy has been exposed by internet experts, who monitored whether messages that
The claim relates to messages sent directly to a friend's inbox, rather than posted on a public profile wall.
Many people use private messages to send friends links to other websites, such as news articles or shopping sites.
If the linked web page has a "like" button,
They are seeking compensation of either
Swiss information security firm
But computer expert
The site previously paid
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